The Humanitarian Futures Programme (HFP) consists of four broad activities:

  • Work to build the capacity of participants in futures methods and approaches
  • Establishing and improving dialogue between scientists and humanitarian policy makers/


  • A programme of innovations relevant to humanitarian operations
  • Development of methods and tools

    The participant programme is underway with UN-OCHA, UNDP-BCPR and USAID as the first round of organisations involved. The IASG-WG will be a separate part of the UN-OCHA pro- gramme. Discussions are underway with ECOWAS to also participate this financial year. Plans are for roughly 16 organisations to participate over three years.

    The programme works with organisations to develop their anticipatory and adaptive organisation capacities, looking at strategic planning and implementation, knowledge flows, collaboration and innovation. Scenario development is a key tool in working with participant organisations.

    This scenario development exercise is one of a series that is taking place throughout the pro- gramme, and around the world. Its focus is on understanding how the nature of disasters and vul- nerability might change in coming decades, and how humanitarian agencies can innovate to ensure they are best placed to help. In this sense, 2025 is a an arbitrary date as some of the trends under discussion will make their greatest impact later in our century – for instance climate change.